The Criminal Assets Bureau seized more than €220,000 from a doctor last year, who had been investigated by Ennis Gardaí for charging thousands of euro for ‘alternative’ cancer treatments.
The findings are contained in CAB’s 2020 annual report which has been published this week.
The report points to 12 case studies which the Bureau describes as ‘notable investigations’ that it carried out in 2020.
One of those relates to €226,487 that CAB obtained orders to seize, under the Proceeds of Crime Act, as part of an investigation into a doctor who was struck off the medical register in the US in 1994.
The report details how Ennis Gardaí had previously investigated this doctor back in 2004, when it was discovered the individual had been treating cancer patients between 2000 and 2004.
The Bureau says the doctor was charging terminally ill cancer patients between €5,000 and €20,000 for ‘alternative treatments’ for their condition.
The report states none of the patients who received these treatments subsequently recovered from their illnesses.
While the individual wasn’t a registered medical practitioner in Ireland, the High Court concluded they had ‘obtained money by deception’.
A second case study in the report also detailed how two residential properties in Clare were seized this year, following an investigation into the assets of an individual involved in unlicensed money lending in the area.